NAMM 2021: Eastman launches the Romeo LA, its latest thinline semi-hollow

’50s inspired specifications mixed with a thoroughly modern approach and look.

Eastman Romeo

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NAMM 2021: Eastman has unveiled the Romeo LA, a thinline semi-hollow guitar with a number of premium features and striking looks.

Like 2019’s acclaimed Romeo model, the core of the guitar’s construction is a spruce laminate top, with mahogany laminate back and sides, a set maple neck, a 22-fret ebony fretboard and a 24.75-inch scale length. The neck joint features a swept curve for player comfort.

Nickel-plated hardware includes a Göldo TLT2N vibrato tailpiece for some subtle wobble – but even if you attempt more extreme bends, the guitar’s Göldo three-point Vario bridge with stainless steel saddles and Göldo locking tuners should prevent any tuning issues. The vibrato system is unique in itself, as it combines a stoptail design with a sprung vibrato, meaning the bridge’s impact on the instrument’s top resonance is the same as it would be with a stop-bar tailpiece.

Complementing the nitrocellulose Celestine Blue finish (described by Eastman as “evoking Los Angeles’ classic skyline”) is a trio of gold control knobs, as well as a pair of Seymour Duncan Radiator Gold Foil P-90 pickups. These humbucker-sized single-coils should provide an airy clarity to complement the guitar’s semi-hollow resonance.

The guitar is expected to ship in early summer 2021, listing for £1,499 / $1749 / €1699. Find out more at eastmanguitars.com. For more from NAMM 2021, see our hub here.

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